Stadiums to visit whilst you still can

Football Grounds To Visit While You Still Can

Unfortunately all good things have to come to an end, and the same is true with football grounds. Some become run-down and some are too small whilst others just aren't financially viable anymore. The world will lose some top class football stadiums soon - here's our guide to the ones you don't want to miss.

The 2015/2016 season is West Ham's last Upton Park (Boleyn Ground)

Upton Park (The Boleyn Ground) - Home of West Ham United

Upton Park (also known as the Boleyn Ground) has been the home of West Ham since 1904. Like many London clubs, they've run into the problem of too many supporters and not enough seats. With redevelopment difficult, they have elected to move.

After a difficult bidding process, the Hammers eventually won the right to move into the Olympic Stadium, vacated after London successfully hosted the 2012 Olympic Games.

Estimated last game at Upton Park: May 2016

You can find out more about the move on West Ham's Olympic Stadium website.

Scunthorpe United are planning to move away from Glanford Park on 2016

Glanford Park- Home of Scunthorpe United

Scunthorpe United started off the modern ground moving trend in 1988 when they left their Old Show Ground for Glanford Park. 27 years later and the football ground has regenerated the area so much that the owners are cashing in on the now valuable retail land and moving to a new 12,000 all-seater stadium just the other side of the M181, less than a mile away from their current home.

Building work on the £18m project hasn't started yet, but the club hope to be in their new stadium for the start of the 2016/2017 season.

Estimated last game at Glanford Park: May 2016

The Scunthorpe Telegraph has some interesting information on the new stadium.

Tottenham will be leaving White Hart Lane at the end of the 2016/2017 season

White Hart Lane - Home of Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs need to move to get more people into their ground, it's as simple as that. Being in London, the options are limited and moves to Wembley and the Olympic Stadium were mentioned but nothing ever came of them.

Taking a leaf out of great rivals Arsenal's book, Tottenham have completed the purchase of a large area of land adjacent to White Hart Lane and are about ready to start building their new 56,000 seater stadium. The cost of the new stadium is likely to be in excess of £400m and is due to open for the start of the 2018/2019 season.

The ground will also play host to a minimum of 2 NFL (American football) games per year, replacing Wembley as the host ground in the UK. Spurs fans who may be worried about the state of the pitch can rest easy though - the new stadium will feature a retractable grass surface that we be moved for the gridiron games.

The construction of the new stadium cannot be completed without first closing White Hart Lane, meaning that Tottenham face playing at least one season in a temporary home before their new stadium is ready. Talks are ongoing, but currently it looks as though Spurs with either play at Wembley or in Milton Keynes at Stadium MK.

The last game at White Hart Lane is planned for the end of the 2016/2017 season. So, if like me you haven't been to White Hart Lane yet (thanks to my wife for booking a holiday - "we'll never get to the League Cup semi-final"), you've not got long to watch a game at one of the oldest and most historic grounds in London.

Estimated last game at White Hart Lane: May 2017

Spurs' official website has more info on the new stadium.

Bootham Crescent won't be around much longer

Bootham Crescent- Home of York City

York's Bootham Crescent is another of a dying bread. With an open air standing away end (similar in feel to Exeter's St James Park), it's clear to see why the club have decided to move on to a new stadium.

Traditionalists will be disappointed to learn that the new 8,000 capacity stadium will be located some 2.5 miles away from Bootham Crescent at Monks Cross in the north of the city. A pity as the current ground is within easy walking distance of a beautiful historic city centre with many great pubs between the train station and the stadium.

The new ground is a joint venture between York City FC, the council and York's rugby club, the York City Knights RLFC.

Estimated last game at Bootham Crescent: ???

More info can be found on the York Community Stadium website.

Brentford are hoping to move from Griffin Park in the near future

Griffin Park - Home of Brentford

Griffin Park was originally opened in 1904 and whilst undoubtedly picturesque and historic, it is in the need of some modernisation - as I'm sure fans who have been in recent seasons would agree.

The club's plan is to move to a new stadium around a mile away from the Griffin Park, located just off the M4. The new development will feature Brentford's new 20,000-seater stadium and more than 900 new homes.

Griffin Park will sadly be bulldozed to the ground with seventy 3 and 4 bedroom family homes built in its place.

Ambitious plans estimate Brentford to be in their new stadium sometime in 2016, so best hope for a good cup draw if you've not been yet!

Estimated last game at Griffin Park: ???

More info can be found on the Brentford Community Stadium website.

Queens Park Rangers are looking to relocate away from Loftus Road

Loftus Road - Home of Queens Park Rangers

With their recent seasons in the Premier League, few could argue that QPR need to increase their current 18,000 capacity of Loftus Road.

With redevelopment an expensive option, QPR are looking to relocate to a new 40,000 seater stadium in the Old Oak area of west London. The development would include 24,000 new homes in high rise apartment blocks and a 350-bed luxury hotel. Estimated to create 50,000 new jobs, Old Oak would also be London's hub for HS2, should that ever get built.

Nothing is set in stone yet and there's no opening date for the new stadium, but if QPR do move, Loftus Road with its proximity to the pitch and compact seating is a ground that will be missed by traditionalists.

Estimated last game at Loftus Road: ???

The New Queens Park website has more information.

About the Author: Rob Clarkson

Rob is the owner of A Sheffield United fan and father of two, Rob loves nothing more than a good game of football whether that's watching the Blades or one his local non-League teams. He's somewhat of a traditionalist, preferring the older grounds to newer purpose-built ones.

Away from, Rob works as an Ecommerce Manager for one of the UK's largest video games retailers. He also owns and runs, a system which allows junior and non-League clubs to create their own low cost website.

Sheffield United supporter • 103 grounds visited • 60/92

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